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(113) In northern India, the Gujarati Jain monk Merutuhga ([phrase omitted]) composed in 1305 a Sanskrit prose anthology of historical biographies (prabandha [phrase omitted]) entitled Prabandhacintamani ([phrase omitted]), which was followed by numerous other prabandha-type prose biographies written by Svetambara Jain authors.
While it has been known for several decades that the Avasyakacurni of the Svetambara Jaina tradition and the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya of the Buddhist tradition share some common narrative plots or motifs, so far no detailed study has been made to understand the different ways in which parallel narrative material is utilized in the two texts.
Passing through Japanese Zen, Chinese and Buddhist art, I was eagerly impatient when all at once I saw across the hall a white marble statue of Jain Svetambara Tirthankara seated in meditation.
Indeed, the names of the two primary sects of Jainism, the Svetambara (literally, white-clad), whose monastics wear simple white cloth, and the Digambara (literally, sky-clad), whose monks are nude, reflect this difference of opinion about what constitutes tolerable violence.
Maui-jnata, Das achte Kapitel des Nayadhammakahao im sechsten Anga des Svetambara Jainakanons, Herausgegeben, ubersetzt und erlautert.
and from my personal library comprising, on the top shelf, the Tipitaka, the Kitab-i-Iqan, the Shurangama Sutra; a couple of my favorites the Rasa'il al- hikma and the Druze Book of Wisdom and Jainism's Svetambara, which advocates killing no living thing, including beet and carrot roots; Manichaism's essential the Treasure of Life and last but by no means least a space left by the New Age Religion's Oahspe, lent out and oddly not returned and which I haven't found Diwan's copy round at their Shehab Street bookery.
My research on Svetambara Jain commentaries on monastic discipline suggests that, far from being the prerogative of Brahmanical texts alone, the asvatantrya doctrine was shared by authors across the boundaries of religious traditions in premodern South Asia.
According to the Svetambara tradition, Mahavira's loincloth was snagged by a bush; he did not consciously decide to adopt total nudity, but rather opted not to replace his lost garment.
Building upon the later narrative portions of the Svetambara agama where ornate kavyaesque passages became increasingly common, these Jain authors were able to stake out an autonomous cultural identity by using the techniques of courtly aesthetics to promote the values of their path in a Maharastri Prakrit which for several centuries vied with Sanskrit as the main vehicle for refined literature.
In addition, Dehejia only addresses the artistic and religious practices of Svetambara (Murtipujak) Jains, omitting examples from the Digambaras.
The Vyavaharasutra is one of a group of texts in the Svetambara Jain agama, collectively known as the cheda sutras, which deal with disciplinary regulations within the renunciant community.
Students seeking basic guidance on the complex terminology employed within the Svetambara Jain agama have usually had to rely on meager glossaries in European-language textbooks, while those at a more advanced stage must, if able to read Hindi, consult one of the voluminous, although not always user-friendly Indian reference works such as the Jaina Laksanavali or, more recently, the word lists and encyclopedias published by the Terapanthi sect from their center in Laduum.
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